A Woman's Journey

Iya Jide

The smell of her dark skin reminded me of the blacksmith's furnace. I can't explain how fire smells or how skin smells like fire, but i know that's how she smelt. Her throbbing heart beat frantically and she gagged, struggling…
Armstrong
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Married to my past

I was so excited for my wedding coming up in a few weeks. I had done so many awful things in my child hood; this was the only way to redeem myself although he was 23 years younger. It didn't…
Naomi Eselojor
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

False Layers

He opened the door, he walked in. It was superflousely decorated, the walls… This isn’t how he remembers his apartment. She was married, he knew, neither a divorcee nor a widow was she as far as he could tell. Behold,…
Ogbuefi Chikezie L.
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

False Layers

He opened the door, he walked in. It was superflousely decorated, the walls... This isn't how he remembers his apartment. She was married, he knew, neither a divorcee nor a widow was she as far as he could tell. Behold,…
Ogbuefi Chikezie L.
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A Different Journey

I've read stories of pregnant women, their cravings, how sweet they get pampered and the fear. The tales made me long for the situation, I want to feel the lovely being develop inside me. But my tale is one of…
Muhsinah Imran
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

You Can

You can be as beautiful as sunset that brings coolness to eyes while darkness set in. You can be the frightening thunderstorm that makes children and adults shake in fear. I mean it all depends on the people your sky…
Muhsinah Imran
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

The Day that Came

You see him as you walk down the aisle with your sister, the one you love, standing there, waiting. You are more beautiful than you've ever been.The day has finally come, and, God, it is more beautiful than any day…
Uche Balogun
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Damaged

Mother avoided her eyes. Father was uncharacteristically pleasant to Baba Ahmed. Father sold her off at 14 to a 63 year old man. The ‘wedding night’ was sheer horror as he tore into her. Relief came with pregnancy. None of…
Imabong Faminu
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Griefs summons

Death is a coward. A two-faced sneaky thief, that only preys on unsuspecting people. I've begged him to come and take me like he took my Kunle and Bola. I guess he's too scared to look into my swollen eyes.…
Armstrong
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Accident

I can't lose my baby. That was the last thing I remember thinking before the bus went over the bridge, into the gully. In that brief moment before we hit the muddy earth, I managed to unbuckle my seatbelt, curl…
Armstrong
August 16, 2019
A Woman's Journey

When They Come.

His large hand covers your mouth as you try to scream; a muffled sound escapes instead when he drags you into the dark. With a tear-stained face, you wriggle from his hold, but his arms only gets tighter, till you…
Vivian ikeh
August 15, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Caged birds

We had been hiding in the thicket beside the river for what felt like two hours. Joanna's watch had stopped working around three o'clock and I did not own one of my own. The village women had passed by our…
Gabrielle
August 15, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Not my fault….

sounds of heavy breathing..... He thrusted so hard into me i felt my pelvis will break. He pounded deeply with his monstrosity of a penis. i couldn't scream out for help because my mouth was gagged but then who will…
Anita
August 15, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Serial Lover

She watched him peel off the condom. She turned to face the wall, watching as the small clock struck 12 and wondering how long it would take him to dress up and go, so his wife could mourn him. He…
nwani chisom cynthia
August 15, 2019
A Woman's Journey

August Rains

It's about to rain. The clouds hang heavy and angry in the sky and I worry about my shoes. They're new. And white. They will be ruined if the rain meets me out here, on this already muddy road. My…
Yinlaifa Edolo
August 15, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Untold Story

Ebi stood close to the Amassoma River contemplating on how best to end her life, she has been on this train for so long and she wouldn't ride no more. She had lost all sense of worth, she couldn't let…
Elvis Kuro Teme
August 15, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Give me a chance.

Any time i made a trial it hit rock bottom. Nothing has been done but something has. Many doors have been slammed before me. Have received uncountable blows and still none is raising their voice. Have been shamed in public…
Makana perpetua
August 15, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A woman

I woke up an African. A woman with deep melanin and kinky hair. I lived one day at a time embracing my strengths and taking all opportunities by hand but did they appreciate it? No they made me feel less…
Makana perpetua
August 15, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Black Justice

Take a look around our Country,our People and Nation. Black people don't think black is the colour to be. We are all sorrounded by chaos, tragedies, insecurities rasicm and injustice. For example, Kenya, in the city of Nairobi where black…
Catherine Mutiso
August 15, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Mama Abidjan

"They will give your child good education in Italy, foreign land! " Mama Abidjan yelled. "You will make plenty money for yourself " She sneers, patting your shoulder aggressively as you shed tears. This was your first time on a…
Roseline Mgbodichinma
August 15, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Womanhood

It’s a girl, the Doctor announced. Nyaaaah!! Nyaaaah!!! She wailed Not like the crying of a male infant. She wailed for; The plays she will sacrifice because of chores The load called breast she must grow The discomfort of menstruation…
vicky okon
August 14, 2019
A Woman's Journey

The modern slave

I have a lot of stories boiling inside of me even though i am an unmarried maid of twenty something. i am mad; not the type of madness that leaves the hair unkempt and the clothes in tatters. The type…
Muinat
August 14, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Self-discovery

She was tired. Tired of being too little, too much; too exciting, too boring; too sexy, a prude; underwhelming, intimidating. She was done. She was not playing by the rules anymore. She was going to be herself, whether they liked…
Yvonne Wabai
August 14, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Far From Home

Warm blood oozed from her scrawny fingers, when a metal scrap cut her. She winced. She wasn't fit for menial jobs like that, her hips were getting too weak for it. She was forced to work, lest a whip kiss…
Paul
August 14, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Remaining Single.

Two years after Aunt Nkiru's marriage there was no issue. Her mother-in-law called her barren more times than a rainfall in July. She finally put to bed, yet, her husband's family wanted a male child. Aunt Nkiru turned 30 last…
A Woman's Journey

Remaining Single.

Two years after Aunt Nkiru's marriage there was no issue. Her mother-in-law called her barren more times than a rainfall in July. She finally put to bed, yet, her husband's family wanted a male child. Aunt Nkiru turned 30 last…
A Woman's Journey

Dear Naeto

Dear Naeto, If you're reading this, I'm gone—probably in Uncle's car. I know you forbade my going. You told me stories of girls who had been taken as sex slaves, but I don't believe that will be my story. Uncle…
Paul
August 14, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Journey To Adulthood

Pa was dead and I had turned twelve when the palm fruits started coming. Ma would cook it and call him over. We would sit under the low canopy of the apple tree. “Here is your kernel soup,” Ma would…
Godwin Iyamba
August 14, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Gray Days of a Girl-child.

“If there’s a problem in the marriage, blame the wife.” Ijeawele held unto a time-jump device, with her thumb set on the metallic button that would fling her to the past. More of her father’s words from her teenage days…
Nnenna Nnadi
August 14, 2019
A Woman's Journey

THE SOLUTION

My looks and ways awed the community when I arrived. My knowledge solved their problems, soon they forgot their gods and worshipped me. "Strange one, the air pollution is causing illnesses" The elders lamented. "Let us plant this seed, plants…
Success Chiamaka Ozuzu
August 14, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Gone

He thought me how to bury my emotions and shoot a gun, but I don't remember a lesson on how to bury him. Images of how he slaughtered my parent's murderers and took me in, flooded my mind as they…
Wonu
August 14, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A Corpse of Brokenness

They crushed him. My sunny boy, they destroyed him. He had come home yesterday. Where the laughter once shone in his eyes was desperate pain. He had tried to smile, to give off the illuminating beauty of his gap tooth…
Linda Ekeh
August 14, 2019
A Woman's Journey

Unblemished

He snored in his sleep, unperturbed, while I stayed awake and worried over his sisters' pressures and mockery. A woman's world is like a labyrinth that convolutes her life — we're blamed for everything, while men are unblemished. I knew…
Chikezie Onwumere
August 13, 2019
A Woman's Journey

I Cannot Say…

“Ladi, won’t you greet your uncle?” I cannot say to mama that I had seen him earlier this morning when he came in to my room. I greeted him then. “Ladi, your uncle bought you this dress, won’t you go…
Blessing
August 13, 2019
A Woman's Journey

A Woman's Journey

Pain had always been a part of her. She had been shunned simply because she was female, and then hated for the colour of her skin. When the white men took her from her village in deep, dark Africa, what…
Love Imahe
August 13, 2019
A Woman's Journey

W.C.E

I looked around me; there was Deede, our gardener who borrowed money from her countless times. There was Busayo, our neighbour who had been caught stealing her akara last Friday. Beside her was Matthew, who lied, cheated and duped her.…
Pitale Bukky
August 13, 2019
July Category

Rough Beginnings

Ronke jumped out of the bamboo bed in fright. She felt relieved on remembering where she was. The ten year old motherless girl had fled from an abusive father whose concubine was no better. She had no regrets for she…
Blessing Jeje
July 24, 2019
July Category

For Love and Posterity

"You'd have to pick" he said, "any day you leave this house in the name of going to school, you best find a new family!" Hands twisted behind her, she tried to voice out… "but … but everyone is going…
Victor Adakole
July 24, 2019
July Category

The Burma Boy

The rat-a-tat-tat of machinegun fire sounded ominously near. “Stand fast, men!” yelled the pasty white colonel. “For the queen and country!” Chima clutched the eagle's foot talisman, willing courage to his trembling limbs. “I don't know why they brought you…
Kummi Olamiju
July 24, 2019
July Category

FAR FROM HOME.

Wakama oblivious she was in a trance, opened her eyes to behold the black mist that enveloped her. She stood, sauntering through her wild subconscious hoping to find Nene her sister whom she had fled with from the crises that…
Sylvia
July 24, 2019
July Category

Shots

“Don’t think too much, just do it” Henry said, handing me his gun. I stared at my brother with full disbelief. He laid back on the floor, closing his eyes. That was his signal for me to shoot. I remained…
Oghenemaero Olori
July 24, 2019
July Category

My Home

Beauty is replaceable but character lives forever, what about a home? Well, I came to answer that question after my sequel pride lead me to look for something more, something different, something greener and something that can make me happy.…
Brenda onyancha
July 24, 2019
July Category

CITY WINGED GODDESS

Smoke danced its way out and when it felt like,sat on the walls leaving dark stains that gave the surrounding a messed up beauty.The beans consumed this goodness needless of tomatoes and for some reason,tasted sweeter than my spiced marinated…
Bonareri
July 24, 2019
July Category

Transformation

I was once a dirty soul with no attraction from the world around. I was not a choice spot nor a symbol of glory. My life was nothing worth admiring because i was a dirty spot. I was caught in…
Adebare
July 24, 2019
July Category

FOUND

"Really?" George asked, as he stared down at the words on my screen. Before turning to leave, he shook his head and muttered, "Stop this weird obsession, please." Obsession. That's all he saw it as. These white people would never…
Tobechi Francis
July 24, 2019
July Category

LONDON WIFE

When you first arrived London with your husband four months ago, you were quite the skeptic. Ayo, your husband didn't tell you much about London.Their culture came to you as shock and you took quite a long time blending into…
Enobong Etuk
July 24, 2019
July Category

HER MOTHER'S DAUGHTER

A ripple of gentle laughter had spilled from you when he said You bloom like the flower bud at spring time to attract butterflies. Your lips had spread to smile when he called your name, his voice seductive and sexy…
Enobong Etuk
July 24, 2019
July Category

THINGS THEY DIDN'T SAY

When they told you about London, they didn't tell you that the streets are not paved with gold. You had thought things would be quite easy over there. You thought your uncles in America were simply wicked and uncaring because…
Enobong Etuk
July 24, 2019
July Category

GOOD BYE

You kept your head down, not daring to look up from the table and into the faces of those seated in the interrogation room. All you wanted now was to go home. You missed the sights and sounds of Kano…
Enobong Etuk
July 24, 2019
July Category

Metal Eagle

"The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth." The man sitting next to me said, swiftly working his phone. "As swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not…
Jay Matthews
July 23, 2019
July Category

Taken From Home

He comes on Saturdays to visit. He always come with a gift for you and Mama. At first he had introduced himself as Chinua, Papa's old time friend. Today, Chinua came in a black car with tinted glasses. He came…
Godwin Iyamba
July 23, 2019
July Category

Taken From Home

He comes on Saturdays to visit. He always comes with a gift for you and Mama. At first he had introduced himself as Chinua, Papa's old time friend. Today, Chinua came in a black car with tinted glasses. He came…
Godwin Iyamba
July 23, 2019
July Category

ALONE

He followed the people from church as they entered the ward. He noticed the Doctor avoided looking at him as he whispered in their ears. He saw the Assistant Pastor shake and turn toward his mother’s prone body. He sensed…
Halima
July 23, 2019
July Category

MAMA T

...8...9..10.. 1.. 2..3.. I continue to count to ten in my head as Mama T taught me to do when I'm scared Staring at the stranger wearing Mama T's wrapper in Mile 12 One minute I was holding tight to…
Moyo
July 23, 2019
July Category

A disappointment.

I writhed in pains on the marble floor with my hands covering my innocent head against the whipping strokes. Catarrh drooling from my nose, I lay lame when the whips stopped coming. I'd just got back from the local health…
July Category

THE RUNAWAY

She ran. Pumping her knees and arms, running alongside the bushes that lined the freeway until they connected with a bus stop. Ugochi felt alive and afraid and thrilled. As she ran, she thought about home. She imagined her mother…
Enobong Etuk
July 23, 2019

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